Superintendent's Note ARCHIVE

  • April, 24, 2017 - 10:43am

    State Budget Impasse

    There is an effort statewide by many in a variety of public and private sectors including educators currently encouraging our state legislators to formulate and pass a responsible and responsive state budget. Below, are some of the consequences and concerns shared by many as a result of the current…

  • January, 5, 2017 - 11:51am

    Community High School District 117 asks the voters at the April 4th Election

    The Board of Education passed a resolution (December 8, 2016) that places a question on the ballot of the April 4th, 2017 election.  The question asks voters of the District whether all Board Members should be elected At-Large.  District residents will have the opportunity to cast their…

  • November, 28, 2016 - 1:59pm

    Positive Power of Our Schools

    The holiday season should be a positive, sentimental and enduring time filled with family gatherings and friendship.  Unfortunately, too often, this idyllic time is not enjoyed by our students or families but rather represents a time of struggle both financially and emotionally.  Compounded…

  • September, 30, 2016 - 12:00am

    Far Too Common!

    On September 29th, the national evening news reported once again on a tragic school shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina. The threats of violence in schools and society are becoming far too common and sadly, in my opinion, creating a new “normal”.  While Community High…

  • August, 30, 2016 - 11:02am

    Illinois Class of 2016 average ACT score up slightly as national average declines

    SPRINGFIELD — Results released today in ACT’s annual score report, “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016,” show Illinois’ graduating seniors achieved an average composite score of 20.8, an increase of 0.1 over last year’s score. The national average composite score on the…

  • August, 8, 2016 - 7:44am


    It is my pleasure and honor to once again welcome back all of our Community High School District 117 families!  We are excited to provide our students with high quality programing that promotes all forms of personal growth.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our Freshman Class…

  • May, 27, 2016 - 10:11am

    Summer ... A time for reflection

    The end of a school year marks a very busy time for everyone that is involved in the education process.  Senior students eagerly transition into their next phase of their life, while underclass students dream about summer break and anxiously anticipate another year in high school.  It’s…

  • May, 5, 2016 - 2:30pm

    Thank You Teachers

    I wanted to share what our country’s new Secretary of Education, John King wrote about teachers.
    “This week, our nation recognizes and honors you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our students, everywhere from small towns and suburbs, to rural communities and Tribal…

  • March, 18, 2016 - 9:39am

    Every Student Succeeds

    On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”) was signed by the President. The ESSA is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the best known reiteration of which was the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). While the ESSA maintains…

  • February, 26, 2016 - 12:48pm

    School Violence

    Unfortunately, Community High School District 117 had to address the threat of violence toward one of our schools during the week of February 22. The threats of violence, not only in public schools but in society, are becoming far too common and, sadly, creating a new “normal.” While Community…

  • December, 8, 2015 - 12:06pm

    PARCC Assessment

    During the 2014 - 2015 school year, CHSD 117 elected to assess a select group of students on the state issued PARCC Assessment for the first time ever. This assessment was given in two parts, over multiple days, and was a replacement for the PSAE.  Soon, the results of the PARCC assessments will…

  • October, 28, 2015 - 11:14am

    School Accountability

    In the ever changing realm of public education, school accountability measures continue to increase which arguably impact students and staff both positively and negatively.  I wanted to share with you the latest from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  The new school report card…

  • September, 10, 2015 - 12:44pm

    Strategic Planning

    The District successfully completed its 2011-2015 strategic plan and will begin the process of drafting a new plan this fall. A committee of nearly 40 stakeholders representing parents, community residents and officials, administrators, teachers, and Board of Education members will create a plan,…

  • September, 4, 2015 - 11:20am

    Out of Dark Times Comes Light of Hope

    Typically the beginning of school marks a positive time that fuels hope and dreams of what the future may hold.  These good times are shared by many and include parents, students, educators and communities as a whole.  The start of this school year has been somewhat different given two rather…

  • August, 10, 2015 - 1:36pm

    Welcome Back!

    The annual signs associated with the start of school are everywhere.  Mornings are progressively darker, wheat crops have been harvested, Back to School bargains abound, sounds of Marching Band camp fill the air, and fall athletic physicals inundate clinics.  These are exciting times!

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    Community High School District 117

    1625 Deep Lake Road

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-395-9001

    Fax: 847-395-7553

  • Antioch Community High School Logo

    Antioch Community High School

    1133 Main Street

    Antioch, Illinois 60002

    Phone: 847-395-1421

    Fax: 847-395-2435

  • Lakes Community High School Logo

    Lakes Community High School

    1600 Eagle Way Drive

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-838-7100

    Fax: 847-838-3670